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Best Hotels in Ronda and the Serranía

Within Ronda and the Serranía de Ronda, as well as the Sierra de Cadiz and Guadalteba there are over 100 hotels, so which do you choose for your holiday?

It all depends on your needs, do you prefer to be in the city or out in the country, and are you looking for comfort or is a traditional and authentic hotel more your scene. We’ve analysed our reader statistics and the top thirty hotels viewed on Ronda Today by readers over the last 6 months (Aug 2010 – Feb 2011) are as follows.

1. Hotel Parador Ronda
2. Hotel Acinipo Ronda
3. Hotel El Horcajo Montecorto
4. Hotel Cortijo Salinas Montecorto
5. Hotel Aire de Ronda
6. Hotel Baraka B&B Ronda
7. Hotel Jardin de la Muralla Ronda
8. Hotel Al Lago Zahara de la Sierra
9. Hotel Montelirio Ronda
10. Hotel Puerta de la Villa Grazalema
11. Hotel Apartementos El Polo Ronda
12. Hotel Fuerte Grazalema
13. Hotel Molino del Arco Ronda
14. El Galgo Country Hotel Benaojan
15. Hotel Caballo Andaluz Gaucin
16. Hotel Casas de Parauta
17. Hotel la Fuente de la Higuera Ronda
18. Hotel Hacienda la Herriza Gaucin
19. Hotel Ronda
20. Camping El Sur Ronda
21. Hotel El Poeta de Ronda
22. Hotel Molino del Santo Benaojan
23. Hotel El Almendral Setenil de las Bodegas
24. Hotel Las Errizas Alcala del Valle
25. Finca Maridadi B&B Ronda
26. Hotel Casas Rurales los Algarrobales El Gastor
27. Hotel San Gabriel Ronda
28. Hotel El Gecko Cortes de la Frontera
29. Hotel San Francisco Ronda
30. Hotel Enfrente Arte Ronda

Hotels in Ronda, Ratings and Expectations

Hotel ratings in Spain are notoriously difficult to assess, even more so when you discover many 3 star hotels seem old or the staff poorly trained, whereas as many 1 star hotels can be quite delightful and have more in common with a luxury hotel. So how do you decide which hotel in Ronda to stay in?

The short answer is to ignore star rating in many cases, yes a 4 star is almost always going to be better than a lower starred hotel if you’re looking for the convenience of a central city hotel. However once you leave the immediate city centre many of the lower starred hotels in the Ronda district could almost be considered 4 star.

The reason the star rating system is so poor is that it isn’t based on cleanliness, professionalism, modern amenities, or levels of luxury. Instead the star system is based on size of room and dining area, access to elevators, swimming pools, spas, parking, satellite TV, minimum level of a foreign language spoken by key personnel etc.

This tends to mean a rather old and in need to desperate renovation hotel can be awarded 4 stars, or a hotel with staff who speak phrasebook English and has a small 12″ TV with Canal+ reception will easily be awarded three stars. Generally a 5 star hotel in Andalucia will be a genuine 5 star and you’re almost certain to enjoy your stay, sadly Ronda doesn’t have any 5 star hotels yet.

The highest star rated hotels in Ronda are those with 4 stars, amongst them the Parador, El Poeta, Acinipo, Montelirio, Reina Victoria, San Gabriel, and Maestranza. Whilst outside Ronda you’ll find the Don Benito, Puerta de la Villa, Cortijo Salinas, Fuerte Grazalema, Hacienda la Herriza, and the Molino del Arco.

Guest reviews in websites such as Booking.com, Venere or TripAdviser are often a good indication of the satisfaction other guests have with your chosen hotel, but this is a completely separate mark of quality than the star ratings. Ronda Today is committed to ranking hotels based on their quality of service, guest enjoyment, and facilities provided, so we’re always excited to receive your comments.

Ronda's Old Town

Hotels in Ronda’s Old Town

There are many hotels in Ronda, and several of these are quite superb hotels, but quite a few of the people who visit Ronda have a particular desire to stay in the old town with its history and romantic stories. This is the protected zone of Ronda, with very little development allowed, so there aren’t many hotels to choose from. Here is our list of all hotels in Ronda’s old town.

Ronda’s old town extends from the Puente Nuevo along Calle Armiñan until the old walls and Almocabar Gate, and down as far as the Arab Baths, so we have included the Hotel Alavera de los Baños even though other travel guides might consider it outside the old town.

Hotel Montelirio ****
The Montelirio, housed in a 17th century palace, is one of Ronda’s most spectacular hotels perched as it is on the edge of the Tajo gorge, and with spectacular views from the pool of the Puente Nuevo. The Montelirio is 4 star hotel so you are assured everything you need to enjoy your stay in the city has been provided.

El Poeta de Ronda ****
Formerly the home of one of Spain’s best loved poets, Pedro Perez Clotet, the Hotel El Poeta de Ronda offers 12 four star rooms in a stately city building. The hotel has been fully refurbished to meet the standards expected by discerning visitors, and is centrally located at the corner of Calle Armiñan and Calle Tenorio.

Hotel San Gabriel ****
An 18th century home for the gentry, the Hotel San Gabriel is a favourite amongst celebrities and people with influence, and each room or suite offers comfort that is the equal of any luxury hotel.

Jardin de la Muralla ***

With its own tree-filled gardens and swimming pool, and next to the Espiritu Santo church, the Hotel Jardin de la Muralla is unique in Ronda, and more importantly, with just 6 rooms for guests, privacy, peace and quiet are assured.

Hotel Ronda *
Hotel Ronda is a small, modern, and clean hotel located directly in front of the ruined Palacio del Rey Moro. Family owned, and proudly so, guests immediately feel welcome and cared for when they stay.

Hotel Alavera de los Baños *
Next to Ronda’s Arab Baths and the Real Maestranza Equestrian Training Centre, the Hotel Alavera de los Baños is situated in the medieval Jewish Quarter of Ronda, and is an oasis of peace away from the crowds, and has its own swimming pool.

Baraka B&B *
Baraka, a word that means peacefulness in the Arabic language, is a delightful 3 room bed and breakfast decorated to appeal to those in search of special places to relax whilst seeing the sites of Ronda. Fresh orange juice and coffee, and Mollete de Antequera are offered every morning for breakfast.

Hotel Apartamentos El Polo
Several small self-catered apartments right in the very centre of the old town, between the town hall and Ronda’s largest church Santa Maria. Each apartment offers a small kitchenette and salon, and can be rented by the day or week.

Hotel Alavera de los Baños

Hotel Alavera de los Baños, Ronda *

Nestled in the old Jewish Quarter in Ronda, tourists can find the Alavera de los Baños. The hotel is designed with traditional flair making it easily blend in with its history-rich location. Guests at this hotel are treated to a magnificent view of the town and the mountain range nearby.

The hotel has a Moorish-styled garden which is an enjoyable place to relax. The hotel also has a swimming pool for people who want to enjoy the waters after being greeted daily by the Andalusian sun. The hotel’s restaurant is open every day and they serve local tapas for lunch while in the evening, the restaurant offer local delicacies. The special dishes though are only available for groups of 8 or more.  Reservation is also needed.

The Alavera de los Baños’ nine rooms have en suite bathrooms and are equipped with central heating, and double rooms are offered with or without balcony. The hotel offers dry cleaning services. Guests can also rent cars or bicycles. Internet connection through Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.  Another freebie for guests is the parking space which is available near the hotel. No reservation is needed for the free public parking.

Hotel Facilities

9 Rooms Jacuzzi Parking Nearby Swimming Pool
Satellite TV Terrace En Suite Bathroom Air Conditioning
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar

Hotel Alavera de los Baños Photos

Hotel Jardín de la Muralla, Ronda

Hotel Jardin de la Muralla, Ronda ***

Almost a destination in itself, the Hotel Jardin de la Muralla is in the Espiritu Santo part of Ronda and overlooks the medieval walls of the city, and is next the first church built after the reconquest, the church of Espiritu Santo. The impressive Almocabar gate, one of the original entrances to the city is attached to the hotel.

The hotel has six rooms allowing more personal service than a larger hotel can provide, and rooms are comfortably and uniquely decorated. The hotel’s grounds are well-kept, and lawns mowed frequently, and provides guests with a good place to relax when not exploring the sights around town. A 24-hour front desk caters to the need of the guests on demand.

The Hotel Jardín de la Muralla’s outdoor swimming pool for guests looking to beat the heat from the sometimes unrelenting sun is a major drawcard, especially after a hiking trip around the countryside surrounding Ronda. At the end of the day relax with a book from the hotel library.

Wi-Fi connection is available for guests along with free parking. The Hotel Jardín de la Muralla has two room types, suite and double rooms. Pricing may differ on a room by room basis.

Hotel Facilities

6 Rooms Air Conditioning Central Heating Swimming Pool
Television Terrace Wi-Fi Internet Gay Friendly
Hotel El Poeta de Ronda

El Poeta de Ronda Hotel, Ronda ****

The popular El Poeta de Ronda is named as such because it is built upon the old home of renowned poet Pedro Pérez Clotet. Although refurbished to provide a comfortable lodging for guests, the four-star hotel is designed to keep the traditional Andalusian style intact. All rooms are therefore designed to mirror the traditional Andalusian décor.

While the appearance and atmosphere at the El Poeta de Ronda, one of Ronda’s 4 star hotels pays a lot of tribute to traditional style, all rooms are complete with modern amenities.  These rooms are air-conditioned and a heating system is also available on all rooms. The hotel also provides free Wi-Fi internet connection. To keep up with the theme, the hotel only uses furniture that has been hand-made by Andalusian craftsmen.

The hotel offers single room, double room, junior suite, and triple room types amongst the 12 room available. The front desk is manned 24 hours so guests can easily have their questions answered. The hotel’s restaurant, the 52 seat Café de Ronda serves a variety of dishes famous in the region made from fresh local produce and is popular with locals as well visitors.

The hotel is just a short walk from popular tourist destinations in the historic city of Ronda, such as the Plaza de Toros or the Tajo de Ronda.  The main shopping precinct, Calle La Bola, is also just a few blocks away from the Hotel El Poeta de Ronda.

El Poeta de Ronda Photos

Hotel Facilities

12 Rooms Disabled Access Room Service En Suite Bathroom
Satellite TV Terrace Telephone in Room Air Conditioning
Central Heating Wi-Fi Internet Restaurant Bar
Marbella Suite, Hotel Montelirio

Hotel Montelirio, Ronda ****

The Hotel Montelirio in Ronda is built within a 17th century palace overlooking the gorge, and from which the incredible Puente Nuevo can be seen. The hotel’s classic design meshes well with the culture-rich location however all facilities are thoroughly modern to ensure visitors demanding comfort and sophistication won’t be disappointed.

All rooms feature large windows allowing for plentiful light and easy observation of views that are the envy of other hotels. The Montelirio’s rooms are decorated in bold colors to mirror colorful Andalusian culture. One imagines the red hot heat of a passionate Sevillana or the setting for a Jackie Collins novel on entering the suites at the Montelirio.

The Hotel Montelirio features an open-air swimming pool situated directly on the edge of the deep tajo, at first plunge guests often feel a sense of trepidation, but this quickly dissipates as wonder takes over. After the pool, enjoy late night drinks on the bar terrace, taking in the lights and smells of warm summer evenings.

The restaurant Albacara, part of the four star Montelirio experience, is known as one of Ronda’s better restaurants serving a selection of Mediterranean dishes intended for the discerning palate. Pricing is not exceptional, in fact most travellers find the menu to be eminently affordable, yet the range of fine foods most certainly is impressive, for example the chef’s favourite, Albacara marinaded salmon or brick pasta with Ronda black pudding.

The Hotel Montelirio offers free Wi-Fi throughout, and other VIP services such as babysitting, or an extensive library of interesting books. Car parking is available on request.

Hotel Facilities

15 Rooms Disabled Access Elevator Swimming Pool
Satellite TV Terrace Telephone in Room Air Conditioning
Central Heating Sound-Proofed Rooms Restaurant Bar
Turkish/Steam Bath Pets Allowed Valet Parking Wi-Fi Internet

Hotel Montelirio Photos

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Hotel Ronda in Ronda’s Moorish Quarter *

Finding a hotel in Ronda is easy, there are so many to choose from, but not all hotels are created equal. Hotel Ronda located next to the Casa del Rey Moro (The Moorish King’s House) is one of these delightful little hotels most people only hear about after their holiday in Ronda.

Quite simply, most hotel booking and review websites or travel guides mention the biggest hotels, or best advertisers and it can be very difficult to find the smaller hotels that you should probably stay at, or would if a friend recommended it. Hotel Ronda is one of these small boutique hotels that really deserves a mention.

Nieves, the lady who owns the hotel is also the person who does everything, she’s the lady who greets you on arrival, in fact Nieves is proud that her little hotel is so cosy. Guests who stay here agree and happily ask to sign her guest book.

With just five rooms, you can be sure Hotel Ronda isn’t going to be crowded, and each room is spacious with reverse cycle air conditioning, a television, decent sized bathroom with modern shower, and every room includes a wardrobe.

Located in the heart of Ronda’s casco antigua (the old quarter) the hotel is centrally located for all of Ronda’s main tourist highlights. The Arab Baths, Puente Nuevo, Moorish King’s House, Salvatierra Palace, and San Sebastian Minaret are all less than 100 metres from Hotel Ronda. Ronda’s famous bullring is only 250 metres from Hotel Ronda.

Many of the best Ronda restaurants are also very close by, and being in the old Moorish quarter of Ronda, it’s a quicker walk to restaurants such as El Predicatorio, Almocabar, Duquesa de Parcent, La Pilastra, or Alminar than being in the new part of Ronda. In addition, the hotel and the street it’s in are charming examples what people expect to see in an Andalusian pueblo.

Nieves also proudly states that Hotel Ronda is gay friendly, has free Internet, and is convenient for Ronda cycling, you can even bring your bicycle into your room. In fact Hotel Ronda was chosen by Bjorn Heidenstrom when he recently visited Ronda on his cycling trip from Norway to Cape Town because he was able to bring his bike and trailer into his room for safe keeping. Read our coverage of Bjorn Heidenstrom in Ronda to learn more.

Hotel Ronda Contact Details

Contact Nieves
Telephone (+34) 952 872 232
Fax (+34) 952 877 618
Address C/ Ruedo Doña Elvira, 12
Ronda 29400
Email reservas@hotelronda.net
Website www.hotelronda.net
Languages Spoken Español, Some English
Hotel Facilities

5 Rooms Disabled Access High Speed Internet Television
Air Conditioning Central Heating Hair Dryer Telephone

Hotel Ronda Photos

Apartamentos El Polo, Ronda

Hotel La Colegiata Apartamentos, Ronda

News Flash: The Polo Apartments have a new manager, and have changed their name to La Colegiata de Ronda, and are being upgraded with new decor. For further information please email Hilde Coine at info@lacolegiataderonda.es or view the website www.lacolegiataderonda.es

The Apartamentos El Polo are self catered holiday apartments for guests who want the convenience of check-in and check-out with the privacy that comes from your own apartment, ideal for visitors needing a home away from home or an extended stay in Ronda.

The apartments are located in Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, the geographical centre of Ronda’s Moorish quarter and are within a 19th century building that has been recently renovated. Its current design mirrors the traditional Andalusian architectural style with wrought-iron windows and hardwood floors.

The apartments are equipped with what one can expect from a household. It has washing machine and is fully furnished with kitchen appliances. The Apartamentos El Polo offers different types of rooms from a single-person apartment to apartments for two, three, and four adults. There are ten apartments to choose from in the buolding.

All apartments are cleaned every two days. Bed linens are also changed with the same regularity. Guests can check in and check out at the Hotel Polo in Calle Mariano. The front desk at the hotel is open 24 hours.

Popular tourist destinations can easily be reached whether on foot or by riding a bicycle. The Hotel Polo provides a bicycle rental service for guests at the hotel as well as the Apartamentos El Polo. Parking and internet connection are not available at the apartments.

Hotel Baraka B&B in Ronda’s Historic Centre *

Imagine a quiet haven away from the crowds, in the heart of Ronda’s Moorish quarter, a house that one could easily believe was once owned by a wealthy Moorish trader, and now your home away from home, in Ronda, Andalusia.

Baraka B&B is this place; a unique bespoke hotel in Ronda, with just three rooms, situated in a quiet pedestrian alleyway. The internal patio is the centrepiece of the entire house, the stars forming the ceiling. A central staircase winds it’s way to the roof, where a sun drenched terrace awaits, offering views of the hills surrounding Ronda.

Each of the rooms are individually decorated; Safra, the yellow room with mudejar ceiling; Warda, the rose room with quaint Arabic decorations; Salama, the room of tranquility. Baraka B&B is decorated in a style reminiscent of the Arabic world from which the hotel is named.

Picture yourself waking from a good night’s sleep, and the smell of fresh Arabic coffee wafting through the house, the birds singing in the trees of the garden across the street, far away from home yet undeniably at home as well. Oh, if only you could stay forever.

After a leisurely breakfast, wander the streets of Ronda as the tiendas and cafés open their doors; the air has a fresh kiss and feels wonderful, the noises of a market town waking up. Do you see why we call Ronda the city of dreams, La Ciudad Soñada?


Baraka B&B is just a short walk to the Casa del Rey Moro, Forestier’s Gardens, and Ronda’s Water Mine. A little further and you’re standing on Calle Armiñan, the main thoroughfare of the old quarter. The Puente Nuevo isn’t far either, and offers a magnificent spot for watching the sun rise over the roofs of Ronda’s hanging houses.

Hotel Baraka B&B Contact Details

Contact Anahid
Telephone (+34) 952 872 843
Mobile (+34) 610 390 945
Address C/ Ruedo Doña Elvira, 16
Ronda 29400
Email anahid@barakaronda.com
Website www.barakaronda.com
Languages Spoken English, Español, Armenian, (and Arabic, French)
Hotel Facilities

3 Rooms En Suite (Shower) Terrace Street Parking
Heating Hair Dryer Tea/Coffee in Room Wi-Fi Internet
Guest Computer Breakfast

Hotel Baraka B&B Gallery

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Hotel San Gabriel, Ronda

Hotel San Gabriel, Ronda ****

This four-star hotel occupies an 18th century building refurnished for the modern times. Although equipped with modern amenities, the Hotel San Gabriel still retains its traditional charm.  The stone façade is emphasized by the coat of arms of one of the building’s former owners.

Inside, the hotel’s 21 rooms are all equipped with air-conditioning units to beat the heat from the sometimes unrelenting Andalusian sun. A heating system is also available for the short winter months in the region. Other general facilities at the hotel include an elevator and a front desk staffed round the clock.

The hotel offers services such as breakfast served in the guest’s room, and rooms are luxurious superior twin rooms or honeymoon suites.  The hotel also has a tour desk is also available to help guests plan their route in exploring the historical and scenic places in Ronda.

The hotel also has a library for guests to catch up on their reading and it is also a good place to learn more about the history and culture of the region.  There is also a cinema room within the hotel’s premises complete with old movie theater red velvet seats.

Wi-Fi connection is available for free throughout the hotel.

Hotel Facilities

21 Rooms Elevator Parking Nearby Wi-Fi Internet
Television Breakfast in Room Telephone in Room Air Conditioning
Central Heating Hair Dryer Hotel Cinema Bar

Hotel San Gabriel Photos